Sheffield Wednesday: Lucas Joao set for Owls move

Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal at Glanford Park
Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal at Glanford Park
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Sheffield Wednesday are expected to confirm the signing of highly-rated Portuguese striker Lucas Joao by the end of the week.

Reports in Portugal claim Wednesday had an initial offer turned down for the 21-year-old on Monday by Nacional.

But The Star understands the Owls have agreed a fee believed to be in the region of £2m for Joao, who flew to England with his representatives yesterday to thrash out personal terms. It is believed he will pen a four-year deal.

Regarded as a speedy centre forward, Joao watched Wednesday lose 4-2 at Scunthorpe United last night despite first half goals by Atdhe Nuhiu and Marco Matias.

Carlos Carvalhal said: “The score is not important in friendly games but I’m not happy with the four goals we conceded. These kind of things can happen when you are building a team. We made some very bad mistakes and gave two goals away to the opponents. We must correct that as soon as possible.”

Joao bagged 12 goals in 27 outings during a loan spell for SC Mirandela in the 2012/13 season. The Angolan-born player, capped three times at Portuguese Under-21 level, netted six goals in 24 starts for Nacional last term.

Not so friendly Owls Jose Semedo with Scunthorpe's Neal Bishop

Not so friendly Owls Jose Semedo with Scunthorpe's Neal Bishop

Wednesday have been in the hunt to sign Rudy Austin and reportedly offered the ex-Leeds midfielder a deal. But their pursuit has been thwarted by tough work permit rules on foreign players.

Another player who Wednesday may miss out on is Rhoys Wiggins. A fee had been agreed with Charlton for the left-back and he underwent a medical on Monday. However, no agreement has yet been reached on personal terms.

MATCH REPORT & HIGHLIGHTS: Scunthorpe United 4 Sheffield Wednesday 2